Consciousness, Ego and Enlightenment – March 13, 2018
Last week’s show, on “Edges of Spirituality” explored some of the ways in which people express their spirituality. Looking for ways in which spirit and body intersect is part of that search. Is kundalini the answer? It doesn’t seem possible (to me, at least) that the body and spirit would have no connection whatsoever.
‘Kundalini’ (also known as the Serpent) is a subtle form of energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine. Long recognized in other cultures, primarily Eastern, Western medical science does not even recognize subtle energies and so has no concept of kundalini.
As one develops spiritually, kundalini ‘rises’ from its base. The first job of kundalini is to keep you alive with its energy. With your spiritual development, the job of kundalini changes to helping you remember yourself as Source and One with All.
Kundalini’s ancient work was described by Gopi Krishna in his work, Kundalini Rising: Questions and Answers. He wrote:
“attention was drawn towards the crown of his head. He began to experience a sensation of light as if it was entering his brain which was at first distracting but soon began to acquire an enrapturing condition. He felt it “like liquid light through all my nervous system, in my stomach, in my heart, in my lungs, in my throat, in my head, and taking control of the whole body. That was a most marvelous experience for me, as if a new life energy had now taken possession of my body.”
A description of Kundalini moving through the body (from Wikipedia):
When awakened, Kundalini is said to rise up from the muladhara chakra, through the central nadi (called sushumna) inside or alongside the spine reaching the top of the head. The progress of Kundalini through the different chakras leads to different levels of awakening and a mystical experience, until Kundalini finally reaches the top of the head, Sahasrara or crown chakra, producing an extremely profound transformation of consciousness.
Kundalini can be blocked or struck at any one of the channels. Many yoga traditions include focus on releasing the kundalini or molding its progression through the body. This is often the only time a Westerner hears about kundalini energy, despite the concept of kundalini being well-known in East-Asian traditions.
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